The Burning Question

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Energy & Utilities March 2009

The Burning Question

Global energy policy and regulation

Peter Hughes, director at Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities practice, delivers a keynote speech to Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. The speech discusses the reasons behind Europe’s growing reliance on imported natural gas and what is happening now as the world faces a critical moment in the development of global energy policy and regulation. [...]

Reshaping the Corporate Center

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Energy & Utilities February 2009

Reshaping the Corporate Center

How to turn your corporate headquarters from a cost factor into true value generation

Many corporates struggle when it comes to optimising support and back-office functions. Our approach offers a precise assessment of what needs to be kept, what needs to be done differently and what needs to be discontinued. The result? Corporate headquarters that many companies have never dared to imagine: business-focused, flexible, lean where possible and strong where necessary. [...]

The Beginning of the End for Oil?

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Energy & Utilities February 2009

The Beginning of the End for Oil?

Peak Oil: A Demand-side Phenomenon?

The consensus is that oil will resume its long-term growth trend when the world emerges from the current recession. However, there is a distinct possibility of a radical shift in the energy path the world is following and an uncertain future for oil demand. [...]

Expatriate Games

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Energy & Utilities December 2008

Expatriate Games

Where is the Long Term Value?

Where is the long-term value? In the 1970s, the Middle East saw the beginning of a dramatic rise in oil and gas exploration and production activity, with an equally dramatic growth in the expatriate community. [...]

Advanced Metering Management

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Energy & Utilities December 2008

Advanced Metering Management

Deploying the new technology for business success

Environmental and economic pressures have seen many utilities reconsidering the use of smart metering technology to end the high operational costs associated with traditional energy usage monitoring and enabling a broader range of service offerings to consumers. In its latest report, Arthur D. Little outlines how utilities providers can deploy this new monitoring technology without facing a loss. [...]

Sunken Treasure

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Energy & Utilities October 2008

Sunken Treasure

Opportunities and Threats in a Maturing Subsea Market

Over the past four years revenues in the subsea oil and gas sector have been growing at an impressive rate. The next five years are expected to bring a period of consolidation and a number of challenges that could present opportunities for companies in the sector. [...]

All at Sea

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Energy & Utilities October 2008

All at Sea

The Future of Offshore Wind in Europe

Offshore wind is clean and renewable and can be deployed well away from public view. It is well supported by the public and governments as a way of meeting renewables targets. However, the future is by no means assured. Supply constraints, logistical difficulties and technical concerns present significant obstacles to expansion. We examine the challenges and highlight what needs to be done. [...]

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

Coming to the right decisions

In the coming years, both the demand for climate-friendly energy generation and the replacement of aging conventional generation facilities will lead to large capital investments and planning efforts in the utility sector. With these massive investments ahead, the competitiveness of nearly all electricity utilities depends on meaningful ways of valuing these multi-billion euro investments. [...]

What Future for Biofuels?

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

What Future for Biofuels?

Has the Tide Turned?

Biofuels have gone from being the great hope for clean transport fuels of the future to being in the dock accused of causing deforestation and increases in food prices for the world’s poorest people. Against this backdrop, the UK Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production has delivered a sober and timely assessment of the industry and its future. [...]

Pressure on Energy Prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2008

Pressure on Energy Prices

Successful Responses for Utilities

Energy utility companies across Europe are feeling huge customer and political resistance to recent and forthcoming price increases. The increases have highly visible causes. Oil, gas and coal prices have all hit record highs in recent months. Meanwhile, massive investments are needed to meet both customer and regulatory requirements [...]

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